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A Great Gift for Homeschool Moms! December 3, 2013

homebibleI wanted to share with you a great resource/gift for homeschool moms that you know! I gave a copy of this Bible both to my own Mom, as well as to another homeschool Mom in our church. Both of them were very excited to receive them.

Although this is not directly related to the study Bible itself, I wanted to start out by saying that I absolutely loved the cover of this Bible. It is colorful, creative and appealing. And I know, I know, you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I can honestly say that I especially liked the cover to this Bible.

Now, moving on to the content of the Bible, itself. Inside the pages of this Bible is 365 daily devotionals for encouraging homeschool moms. I found that the devotions were easy  to find and to use. Also, the devotions themselves are both practical and applicable. One morning my Mom came to me with a smile and told me how perfect what she had read in it that morning was for what she had been feeling and thinking through before.

The one aspect of this Bible that I did not care for was that the words of Christ were not in red, which I normally do prefer. However, this is true for many study Bibles, and in all actuality is not that significant of a detail.

Overall I would say that this study Bible could be either a helpful resource for yourself, or a wonderful gift for another woman in your life. I would like to note, also, that this Bible does come in the NIV as well, if you would prefer that translation.

Note: I received this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

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‘Making the Most of the Cross’ Book Review February 1, 2013

thTitle: Making the Most of the Cross

Author: John Chapman

Date I Finished Reading: January 31,2013

My Rating: 4/5

Book Description from Matthias Media’s website:

Every now and then, humanity witnesses a history-changing event, like the invention of the wheel or the discovery of penicillin. But there has been no other event like the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
With characteristic candour and humour, John Chapman explains the meaning of this history-shaping event:
» How can we know that Jesus really died?
» How can we know that Jesus really rose from the dead?
» How can God love people and yet condemn them to hell?
» How can God forgive guilty sinners and yet be just?
» What does Jesus’ death and resurrection mean for me?
How does it affect my life?

The cross. So many questions surround it. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? What did his death on the cross accomplish? What does it mean in our own personal lives? John Chapman answers these questions and more in this book.  Chapman covers many different topics in this book. He ranges from the purpose of the cross, to how a loving, just God can wipe away our sins. From how we can know that the Bible is true, to how the work on the cross can take away our guilt and condemnation.  He does so in a way that relates both to unreached unbelievers, and believing christians alike.

Some aspects of the book that I liked would include the fact that Chapman answers MANY questions that MANY people ask. Also, he does not over-explain or ramble. He is short, sweet, and to the point. The chapters are short, which makes for easy reading.   Something I did not like about the book would be the fact that although Chapman uses scripture to support his points, there were a couple of times that I was not sure if they really applied or tied into the topic being discussed very well. It just seemed that at times the writing did not flow very well or logically. This made for the reading to become a bit confusing at times.

Although I did not really find any of the book’s content extremely deep or eye-opening, the basic questions were answered well, making it a good resource to use in reaching out to and answering the questions of unbelievers. So I would recommend it to you as a tool to pass on to another, but I do not  believe that it would be overly beneficial for a believer who is more mature in the faith.

Note: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

 

 

‘Sing For Joy’ Book Review December 9, 2012

imagesTitle: Sing For Joy: 6 Topical Bible Studies for Small Groups and Individuals

Author: Nathan Lovell

Date I Finished Reading: December 9,2012

My Rating: 4/5

The following is this books description from the publisher’s website:

Music and singing are wonderful gifts from God that seem strangely destined to cause frustration and grumbling in Christian churches around the globe. Why does something so good create such problems, and what does God have to say to us about our singing?

Sing for Joy is a set of six studies that look at what the Bible has to say about why we sing and how we sing as God’s forgiven people.

This book will help you to delve into the Scriptures to think about the nature of praise and worship and how to encourage each other as you sing together.

The final two studies are particularly targeted towards those in music ministry, to help them think through the implications of what the Bible has to say about music for their role in serving the body.

An ideal study book for individuals and small groups.

Singing. We all do it at some time or another. It is one of my personal favorite ways to praise God. But what about singing in church? Is this really necessary? Is there particular guidelines for us to follow? What genres of music should be used? In this resource, Nathan Lovell discusses congregational worship. He talks on why it is important, what our mindset/ heart should be in worship, and how we should approach it.

This resource was written with the intent for making it  excellent for both small groups and personal studies. I read it on my own, but I think that it would be even better for a group study and discussion, especially for a praise or worship team. It is divided into 6 studies, or chapters. Each one consists of the authors thoughts, scriptures, discussion questions, reflections/implications, and particular things to pray for concerning you and your church’s worship.

The studies discuss many different aspects and issues concerning worship. They discuss the heart of worship, such as what should motivate our worship and how we should mentally approach it. The author supports his facts with scripture, and the provided questions make you think of passages in a new light, or from a different perspective.

One particular fact that he discusses that I found interesting is the error in the mindset that praise or worship brings you into the presence of God. He explains how we are consistently and constantly in the presence of God, and that praise and worship either makes us more aware of his presence, or encourages us to act upon it.

As I read through this I was encouraged to think on and evaluate my mindset on worship, and my eyes were open to a few errors in my way of thinking. However, I do think that you would get MUCH more out of the study if you went through it with others, so that they could encourage more thoughts, and conversations concerning the topics.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this resource here: http://www.matthiasmedia.com.au/sing-for-joy